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2012-12-24

Pier Review: IB Pier

The IB pier uses an attractive wedge-shaped design for its substructure, an architectural feature known in the pier industry as the "wet triangle."

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2012-12-17

Pier Review: South Mission Jetty/Pier

Now, the South Mission Jetty is not really a pier, per se, but because it fulfills the same function as a pier, it's a land object that goes out over the water and gets you close to it, it can be classified with them.

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2012-12-10

Pier Review: Scripps Pier

By contrast, I would consider myself a failure as a pier reviewer were I to fail to sing the praises of piers which stand as ideals, the apex of all going-out-over-the-waterness. In fact, every so often in my career as a pier reviewer, I encounter a pier that obliterates any whiff of cynicism. Today's pier, Scripps Pier, is just such a one.

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2012-12-03

Pier Review: Crystal Pier

Well, okay, we have been informed that it was double-overhead-plus yesterday, which we would have to see to believe, so it was forgiveable to close the pier yesterday, and they probably just forgot to take the sign down. At any rate, this review will be based on data collected over an interval of three weeks. On with the pier review!

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2012-12-02

Pier Review: OB Pier

These waves had big humpbacks so surfers had to pump to get into them and the resulting waves were not too clean. But that's enough about the surf, onto the pier review.

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2012-06-10

Joan Didion's 'The White Album'

"Citizen guerrillas splashed paint and scattered nails in the Diamond Lanes," a response to the Caltrans project that caused, she states, "Large numbers of Los Angeles County residents to behave, most uncharacteristically as an ignited and conscious proletariat."

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2008-04-03

The Art and Utility of Mnemonics

In fact, it seems that the more dramatically they can provoke listeners, the more easily they stick on the mind.

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2008-03-30

Free Things on the Internet

Now it works smoothly and beautifully, a hunk of metal from 50 years ago that looks alive and fresh and types with a vibrancy and staid portability that makes it fun to smash text onto paper.

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2008-01-05

Insomnia Advice from Shakespeare's kings

Henry is slut-shaming sleep.

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2008-01-03

title: Plain Old and Boring Mystery

"Who would want to live in a mall?" I wondered aloud.

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2008-01-02

title: Corporate Television Still Sucks

"Nor did the ability to transmit pictures, voices, and stories from around the world to living rooms in the U.S. heartland produce a nation that is more sophisticated about global affairs."

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2007-12-17

Border Wall Ruminations 2007

I have this suspicion, like Robert Frost, that a good fence doesn't really make a good neighbor.

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